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An SOA (Start of Authority) record is a vital component of DNS records, facilitating seamless domain data exchange between DNS servers. This record encapsulates crucial domain details such as the primary name server, the domain owner’s contact information, and the specifics of data caching. In this comprehensive guide, we’re going to demystify the components of an SOA record, using gcore.com as our case study.
An SOA record is not merely a static element, but a dynamic cornerstone of your DNS infrastructure. It automatically updates whenever there are changes made to your domain’s zone (the network of DNS records). Moreover, an SOA record is inherently tied to the domain zone and only disappears when the zone is deleted. It’s important to note that any zone without an SOA record is non-compliant with the RFC 1035 (5.2) standards and thus, is not suitable for IP nodes.
In a nutshell, SOA records are:
To understand the constituents of an SOA record better, let’s inspect our website’s domain gcore.com. We’ve examined its SOA record using the Google Admin Toolbox.
Here are the parameters:
The “Data” line succinctly summarizes the above information, with time durations expressed in seconds.
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